A Frenchman was arrested just minutes after landing in the United States for a beard competition. Police suspect he is a “dark web” drug dealer known as “OxyMonster."
Federal authorities were waiting for Gal Vallerius at Atlanta International Airport before the bearded man even landed. He was gearing up for his first trip to America, to compete in the 2017 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Austin. He was registered to compete in the “full beard 30.1-45cm” category, according to the Guardian.
According to court documents, Vallerius’ laptop was searched following his apprehension. Police found a Tor browser to access the “dark web,” and links to the “OxyMonster” accounts on a black market site. “OxyMonster” allegedly sold OxyContin and Ritalin on the site, with “60 prior sales and five star reviews from buyers.” The profile indicated he shipped the prescription drugs from France to “anywhere in Europe.”
“The Dream Market web site is specifically designed to facilitate illegal commerce by working to ensure the anonymity of its administrators, as well as the buyers and sellers who participate in commerce on the website,” according to the DEA affidavit.
Police also discovered that Vallerius possessed about half a million dollars of bitcoin. An affidavit filed by a Drug Enforcement Administration agent states that he also acted as “an Administrator, Senior Moderator, and Vendor on Dream Market, playing a critical role in supporting daily illicit transactions between buyers and vendors.”
The Frenchman has been transferred to Miami, according to the Washington Post. Now he faces a charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. According to the Miami Herald, the bearded suspect is among six other deep web prosecutions in South Florida court in the past year alone. Vallerius' defense attorney has not yet commented on the case.